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উত্তরণ
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Established in 1985 in a small village in southwest Bangladesh, Uttaran now works in 13 districts across Bangladesh. Uttaran is a people centered NGO and using right’s based approaches, works to empower poor communities and reduce poverty. The principal areas of work are in the coastal regions in southwest Bangladesh. Uttaran works towards reducing the poverty of the marginalized community of the south west coastal region and are gradually expanding its working area in other parts of Bangladesh. Uttaran primarily works on land rights, human rights, climate change adaptation, disaster management, food security, nutrition, education, WASH and environment. Besides, Uttaran also operates micro credit Program to empower the people. One of the great achievements of Uttaran has come from working in the land rights sector. Uttaran is one of the pioneer organizations in the country who fights for the landless farmers so that they can get access to Khasland. In the process Uttaran won many hearts and pray of the poor, who were benefitted through its Programs. As a result of Uttaran’s work in facilitating Khasland distribution, Uttaran now is directly working with the Ministry of Land. Uttaran who fights for the right of the poor has greatly suffered while working in the land right section. In 1998, the group members of Uttaran where attacked by the police while protesting for their access to land rights and one group leader Zayeda was shot dead. Weeks late the Prime Minister of the country then visited the place in Debhata upazila of Satkhira district and committed that khasland will only belong to the poor. Uttaran’s struggle for these people became a success and from 2004 Uttaran started to help the poor land less farmers to get access to khasland through its various projects. Uttaran also works to ensure human rights of the vulnerable people i.e. poor, minorities, religo-ethnics, women, Dalit, who are regularly subjected to violation of human rights. It is mentionable that around 27% of the people of the southwest Bangladesh are ethnic minorities or Dalit. Legal aid support to the vulnerable people is also important work under human rights Program. Climate Change sector is another key working area of Uttaran. The southwest coastal region is considered as one of the most vulnerable places in the country due to climate change. Uttaran since the last 29 years have been implementing a lot of projects to raise the capacity of the people to adapt with the changing climate by promoting various alternative livelihoods. Moreover, Uttaran’s achievement to mitigate water logging crisis of the southwest coastal region has been tremendous. Together with local people, Uttaran found out that a century old indigenous technique named Tidal River Management (TRM) can help to mitigate water logging, revive dead rivers and adapt with climate change induced sea level rise. Uttaran’s continuous advocacy for TRM has forced the government to conduct study on it and after which the government recognized that TRM is only possible solution to mitigate water logging crisis of the south west coastal regions and started to implement TRM in the area since 2002. Uttaran has an emergency team which is deployed before the start of disaster to bring people from hazardous area to a safe area and the team also operates after the disaster is over, rescuing and finding people. Uttaran also operates relief funds and rehabilitates people after the disaster. Uttaran also works towards overall human development and food security. Uttaran runs several WASH projects in the vulnerable southwest coastal region for 40914 households. Uttaran also tries to improve nutrition and the food security condition of the area. Uttaran innovated a unique method of food bank and are currently operating several food banks to ensure food security. Education has always been a key priority of Uttaran. Uttaran actually started its journey through the establishment of a high school in Jatpur village of Tala upazila. Uttaran established, runs and supports 5 educational institutions and a public library in its working area. Not only that, Uttaran also provides financial support to a lot of poor disadvantaged students who are studying in these institutions. Moreover, through the public library, Uttaran tries to increase the awareness of the community and show the youths a correct path by providing various trainings and opportunities. Uttaran also operates a micro credit to help the poor of the area. Uttaran has a total of 1473 primary groups under its micro finance Program in four different districts which are Khulna, Jessore, Satkhira and Bagherhat. Each of the group has 25-30 members and around 95% of the beneficiaries are female. At the present time, Uttaran is going to be a part of land history as it is going to implement pilot basis the digital land record and survey system in three areas i.e. Mohanpur upazila in Rajshahi district, Amtali upazila in Barguna distirct and Jamalpur sadar upazila in Jamalpur. www.uttaran.net

 

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